Trail Blazer News

May 16th-20th

Life Cycle Puppet Shows

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Reporter: Betsy

This week on Monday, a puppeteer came to Claxton and taught us about shadow puppets. She also announced that the 2nd grade will be putting on puppet shows about the life cycles of many different animals and insects. Each 2nd grade class will be split into groups with 4 to 5 other class members. The second grade classes will also be assigned 4 different animals to give to different groups so that all the puppet shows will be different. In Mrs. Morris' class, one group is doing a puppet show on the life cycle of a seahorse. Another group is doing the life cycle of a ladybug. One group is doing a snake, and another group is doing a grey wolf. This week we have been researching the life cycle of our animal and we are writing scripts for our puppet shows.


-Betsy Van Cleve


Please join us at noon on May 26th for our shadow puppet performance.

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Wish List: Items that we currently need.

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End of the Year Fun!

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Classroom Awards and Picnic

We would love for you to join us for classroom awards (selected by their peers) on Tuesday, June 7th at 10:00 a.m. in our classroom. We will have a family picnic outside (weather permitting) following the awards time to continue our celebration at 11:15ish. We would appreciate your support if you are willing to help. Students will either purchase lunch at school or bring a lunch from home, but we can supplement their lunch with some exciting picnic options. Please join us by packing a lunch for yourself. Click HERE to go to the sign-up page.

Important Dates

  • Saturday, May 14, 5K for the Boys Running Group
  • Thursday, May 19, Potluck of Learning & Community Drum Circle from 5:30-8:00
  • Friday, May 20, Spring Book Fair begins
  • Monday, May 23, Second Grade Field Trip
  • Thursday, May 26th, Second Grade Shadow Puppet Performance in the gym at 12:00.
  • Tuesday, June 7th Classroom awards ceremony and picnic
  • Wednesday, June 8th, Last Day of School (Early Release)

Fern's Hamster, May, visited us this week. :)

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Click here to sign up to be a Mystery Reader!

We would LOVE to have you read to us! Please follow this link to sign-up!

Thank you, George, for being our Mystery Reader this week!

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What We are Learning

Reading: We learning about how reasons support specific points an author is trying to make as we read nonfiction books about animal life cycles.


  • RI.2.8 - Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a grade-appropriate text.


Writing: We currently writing poetry, but we will transition into nonfiction writing about life cycles next week.


  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.3
    Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.



Fundations: We will continue Unit 15 on Monday. We are focusing on double vowel syllable

  • RF.2.3 Know and apply grade -level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding.


  • RF.2.3. Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.


  • RF.2.3. Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one syllable words.



Math: We are focusing on measurement.


  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.1 Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.2 Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.3 Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.4 Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit.



Science: We are focusing on the life cycles of plants and animals.

  • 2.L.1 Understand animal life cycles.

  • 2.L.2 Remember that organisms differ from or are similar to their parents based on the characteristics of the organism


Social Studies: We are starting a unit on economic concepts culminating in a student-led classroom "town" with various good and services for sale.


  • 2.E.1 Understand basic economic concepts.

Drumming Performance

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Fifth Grade Book Buddies and EOG Buddies!

The kids had so much fun reading with their book buddies! They worked hard on cards for their buddies to wish them luck on the EOGs. Thank you, Kelly and George, for sending cookies for our buddies. They were very excited!
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